Bag of whey protein under your arm, digital food scale sticking out of your bag, MyFitnessPal ready and loaded on your phone and bottle of Walden Farms in hand, you proclaim to your pals –
“It’s okay, I’m on a flexible diet.”
Looking at you like you just told them you were going to use your new-found leg strength from all your squatting to jump to the moon, your buddies start laughing.
“What’s flexible about bringing half a kitchen on holiday with you?” “why’s there a blender in his holdall” and “is that a bottle of Coke Zero in his pocket or is he just pleased to see me?” they wonder.
What’s Your Problem?
The problem, my friend, is that you’re bastardizing flexible dieting.
The clue is in the name – FLEXIBLE.
Someone asked me to sum up flexible dieting for them last week. It took a while, but I eventually landed on –
“Flexible dieting is the process of tracking your food intake, and aiming for certain calorie and macronutrient ranges. How closely you hit them depends on your goals.
The concept is that you eat mainly nutrient-dense, “healthy” foods, but you can consume some nutrient-deficient foods, provided you stay within the aforementioned calorie and macronutrient guidelines.
By not imposing unnecessary restrictions, it essentially means that a person never breaks their diet. It preaches healthy habits and moderation, while allowing you to maintain a social life, and reaching whatever physique and performance goals you have.”